Tuesday, 6 February 2018

DEBBIE'S CORNER: THE ESSENCE OF CHRISTIANITY


Hello everyone, welcome to another edition of Debbie’s Corner. I got the inspiration for this article after I read Isaiah 58.

Christ came to the world to save us from eternal damnation. He, therefore, has rescued us from going the way of destruction. Romans 6:23

But in as much as He has saved us, salvation is a thing of choice. The Bible says in Jeremiah 21:8 and Proverbs 18:21 that the power of life and death is in our tongue, this confirms what Romans 10:10 says that to believe in your heart and to confess with your mouth is the only way unto salvation.

But a lot of people in the world today are not saved, not because they haven’t heard about Christ, but because they haven’t been convinced enough that, that is the right thing for them.

Now that’s where we as Christians come in. Matthew 28:18-20 admonishes us to witness Christ unto the world so more souls can be saved before the last day. To witness Christ isn’t just about preaching with words but witnessing Christ is a thing of action. 

People may not listen to whatever thing you have to say, but they would watch your every action, your every step. 

I have come to realize that it is easier to witness Christ with our actions than with words but most Christians do not understand this principle. You can’t preach to a hungry man without feeding him neither can you tell a man without clothes that Jesus loves him. How will he truly know that Jesus loves him if you can’t clothe him?

The real essence of Christianity is love, first; to love the Lord with all your heart, soul and body and secondly, to love your neighbour as yourself and through love, you can win others to Christ. 1 John 3:18 confirms this by telling us not to love in words but in deeds and truth. Isaiah 58:6-9 shows us an example of the level we are to operate on as true Christians.

If a poll was to be taken in our neighbourhood, place of work or even in school on the number of people our lives have affected positively, I wonder what it would be like.

Nowadays, people find it so hard to give forgetting that there is a blessing attached to giving. Luke 6:38 Proverbs 11:24

We can watch our neighbour suffer and not even flinch pretending to not have seen. What really has happened to us? Sometimes we give the excuse of I don’t have enough for myself, not to now talk of another person but we forget that it is not in the millions or in the plenty, it is in the lives we touch, it is in the little things we do for people. We want to wait for the right time when things are comfortable for us, but things might never get comfortable enough to help someone out.

The truth is whenever you are able to meet the need of someone, it brings them closer to you, even gives you joy and then they are drawn to the God you serve. In the book of Acts 4, there is set for us an example of how the church ought to be, they were so united in love and Christ that they sold their properties just so that those in need could be helped and you would be surprised the number of men that were saved every day. Acts 2:42-47

The entire essence of Christianity is to show love one to another and in so doing, we would witness Christ as Lord and win the lost souls of men back to God. If we can just love our neighbour, then we would be able to help our neighbour, we would be able to intercede on each other’s behalf, and there would be more peace amongst us.

I beseech each and every one of us that in this new month we would be our brother’s keeper.

As you come to the end of this article, kindly meditate on the words of this scripture.
Matthew 5:16 (GNT), In the same way your light must shine before people, so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven.

Debbie is a brilliant wordsmith, a young change agent passionate about making a difference in her world. Click here for her previous article.
 


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